By Stephen Wagner
Last Saturday November 30th Santa stopped at City Hall at Lake Lotawana to visit with some of his fans, have a little punch and some cookies, and to take a short break in his busy season.
Santa was warmly received by all those that stopped by to see him. He took time to listen to all the requests and to collect letters that he’ll return to the North Pole for processing by the elves. He handed out coloring books and hugs as well as his warming, jolly smile.
Kids then had the chance to enjoy Santa’s punch and cookies provided by the ladies of the Lake Lotawana Community Club. Sandy Bachman, president of the LLCC, arranged the event for the children of the City. She did not disclose how she knows St. Nick, but we were all very glad she does.
Regi Ahrens from Kaleidoscope brought fun activities and crafts for the kids to enjoy too.
Representing the City was third ward Alderman Terry Reed who is also the President Pro Tempore of the Board of Aldermen. Helping out was our newest Alderwoman Rita Ahern as well as Police Officer Jeffery.
Santa was gracious enough to give the Tribune a short interview at the end of the festivities.
Tribune: Thanks for taking a minute, Santa. How are preparations going for the Holidays?
Santa: Really well, Steve. The elves have done a great job this year. We’re actually ahead of schedule.
Tribune: I don’t remember telling you my name, Santa….?
Santa: Santa knows everything, young man.
Tribune: Sorry. Of course you do Santa. Since there are so many children to see and so many letters to read, what would you like to say the children or everyone for that matter about the Holidays?
Santa: Christmas is a time of giving. Not only of material gifts, but of one’s self. A hug, a few works of thanks, words of support, and a helpful hand to those in need. The gift of giving will be returned many times over. This is a secret Santa learned a long, long time ago.
Tribune: Well that’s great advice, Santa. Can I ask how Mrs. Klaus is doing?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho. She’s back at the North Pole. She works really hard all year long.
Tribune: Care to give me a hint on what I’m getting this year?
Santa: Santa doesn’t tell. But there is still time to get off the "naughty" list.
Tribune: I’ll get on that right away. Thanks, Santa.
Santa: Merry Christmas!
After Santa had talked to everyone he joined acting Mayor Terry Reed for the lighting of the City Tree. A short countdown and then: success! The tree was alight with colored lights. There was applause and Santa released a loud and happy "Ho-ho-hooo!"
Don’t forget that Santa will be making one last stop at the Lake on Saturday December 14th. The Lake Lotawana Fire Protection District will provide a ride for Santa (the road is hard on Rudolph’s hooves) starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Association Office.
Happy Holidays from the entire Tribune staff.